18 March 2009 – Press Release
Brian Peters enjoyed a boxing double last weekend with his charges Paul McCloskey and Matthew Macklin both recording impressive British title victories in the UK.
Now the Meathman is hoping to extend that success to a treble on Saturday night when he promotes the Hunky Dorys World Title Fight Night at The O2 in Dublin. Local hero Bernard Dunne headlines as he bids for Ricardo Cordobas WBA Super Bantamweight title in the first World title fight on Irish soil for 13 years.
Peters admits that the bill for Saturday nights event will top almost one million euros but the promoter believes its a gamble worth taking. This is what both myself and Bernard have been working towards for a very long time now. The Kiko Martinez blip aside Bernards done the business inside the ring while Ive had to deliver for him outside the ropes.
Bernards the first ever Dubliner to challenge for a World title in his native city and Im determined to make this an event that will live long in the memory of the Irish public. It promises to be something special and Ive no hesitation in saying it will be the biggest night in Irish boxing history.
Professional boxing has always been known as show business with blood so from that point of view were looking to make it a spectacular show. We have Frank McNamara on board as the musical director for the evening. Hes composed a number of specially arranged pieces while the creative arts company, Arcana will provide an impressive visual element to the night. It will all help towards building an atmosphere that will lift the roof off The O2 by the time Bernards on his way to the ring.
The new O2 is a fabulous venue and there isnt a bad seat in the house. The lay out for the boxing will resemble the Colosseum and well have big screens in place to provide build up to the fights and between rounds replays and highlights.
Despite outlaying close to a million euros for one night Peters always believed that the event would be a success at the box office.
Its definitely been the biggest financial gamble of my life putting this show on and lets face it now isnt really the time to be taking major financial risk but thankfully its looking like the sold out signs will be up at The O2 by Saturday night.
There are about 300 tickets left on Ticketmaster but I think they will be snapped up this week and with over 9,000 people there its going to be an incredible atmosphere. The Irish public have really come out in their droves to support Bernard and I think we got the pricing right by making tickets available from 50.
Its been a very expensive night to put together but nights like these dont come around too often and Ive always believed in doing things the right way and not cutting corners. Obviously it was bitterly disappointing when Kenny Egan withdrew because his Olympic final rematch had been confirmed and an awful lot of hard work had gone into making that fight.
But you have to move on and we quickly secured Andy Lee as a replacement. Andy was set to headline a bill at Madison Square Garden himself until that fell though and hes a tremendous addition to the card.
All in all its a hell of a line up with close to six hours of live boxing. Theres Bernard in the World title fight, Andy Lee in the chief support against a very decent German, Andy Murray in a European Union title fight and Jim Rock should be in a real war as well.
Of course we also have our amateur stars like Katie Taylor, Paddy Barnes and Ray Moylette in action and I know a lot of people are particularly looking forward to seeing Katie. She is without doubt the best female boxer in the world right now so this will be a great stage for her to showcase her skills. She wont have it easy though because her opponent, Caroline Barry is very accomplished as well and is a three time Pan American champ and rated in the top five in the world.
Its shaping up to be an incredible day of sport for the country with Irelands rugby players going in search of a grand slam and Dunne looking to emulate Barry McGuigan by wrapping the WBA World title belt around his waist and with RT covering both events live armchair fans will be well catered for.
RT have been a great support since Bernard came back home from the US, revealed Peters. They are dedicating three and a half hours of live terrestrial television to the Hunky Dorys World Title Fight Night on Saturday night from 9pm while for the live audience at The O2 the action will get underway shortly after 6pm.
Ive never seen Bernard so sharp and focused ahead of a fight. I suppose thats to be expected given the magnitude of the fight but he really has taken his preparations for this fight to a whole new level.
We know just how good a fighter Cordoba is and Bernard is of course the underdog but I think its a role hell relish. Ive always believed Bernard is capable of reaching the very top in the sport and I think hell prove that on Saturday night.
Tickets for the Hunky Dorys World Title Fight Night are priced from 50 and are available now from Ticketmaster (phone 0818 719 300 or visit ticketmaster.ie). Tickets are also available from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.
Doors open at The O2, Dublin at 6pm on Saturday night with the first fight at 6:15pm. RT TWOs live coverage begins at 9pm.
The full line up is as follows:
Bernard Dunne V Ricardo Cordoba – WBA World Super Bantamweight Title (12 Rounds)
Andy Lee V Alex Sipos – Middleweight (10 Rounds)
Katie Taylor V Caroline Barry – Lightweight (4 Rounds Amateur Bout)
Andy Murray V Daniel Rasilla – European Union Lightweight Title (12 Rounds)
Jim Rock V Alessio Furlan – Middleweight (10 Rounds)
Ray Moylette V Rob Gorman – Lightweight (3 Rounds Amateur Bout)
Paddy Barnes V To Be Confirmed – Light Flyweight (3 Rounds Amateur Bout)
Michael Kelly V Valentins Morozovs – Lightweight (4 Rounds)
Anthony Fitzgerald V Janis Chernouskis – Middleweight (4 Rounds)